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Local man urges Congress to support Alzheimer’s research

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GROTON — Alan Holbrook, of Groton, joined over 1,200 other advocates from across the nation in Washington D.C., at the Alzheimer’s Association Advocacy Forum on April 4-6.

In 2005, Holbrook’s wife was diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer’s at the age of 57. He was her primary caregiver until her passing in 2013. Holbrook has been a dedicated volunteer for the Alzheimer’s Association, Massachusetts/New Hampshire chapter, for over five years. He is the co-chair of the public policy committee and an Alzheimer’s Association Ambassador to U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas.

“The forum is a wonderful opportunity to meet hundreds of others with the same passion for the cause as I have and to visit our elected officials on Capitol Hill to urge them to support Alzheimer’s research and care,” said Holbrook.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, more than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s, the 6th leading cause of death in the United States and the only disease in the top 10 that cannot be prevented, cured or slowed. In 2015, more than 15 million caregivers provided an estimated 18.1 billion hours of unpaid care.

“The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading advocate for federal Alzheimer’s disease research funding and caregiver support,” said Austin Hodge, manager of public policy for the Alzheimer’s Association, Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter. “We cannot make a difference in the fight against Alzheimer’s without passionate advocates like Alan.”

To learn more about advocacy opportunities with the Alzheimer’s Association, Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter, visit alz.org/MANH.